The 6th Annual Vikingboat Races & Festival
When is the 6th Annual Vikingboat Races & Festival? Top
The 6th Annual Viking Boat Races & Festival will be held on June 11th to 13th, 2010.
Where will it be? Top
Practices will be held at Bayside Rowing Club, but the main events will take place on Toronto Island. Visit our Map page for more information on getting to Bayside.
Do I need to be an experienced "rower" to participate? Top
No you do not need to be an experienced "rower" to participate. In fact, most of our Vikings had never picked up an oar before their first team practice. Due to the size and design, Viking boats are very stable, making them highly suitable for beginners… and loads of fun!
How many people do we need to form a Viking Boat team? Top
A full Viking Boat team consists of 18 people: 14 rowers, one (1) coxie (who steers and keeps the pace of the boat) and each team must also have (four) 4 subs/alternates as well, in case someone cannot make practice or unexpectedly drops out.
How much is the entry fee? Top
For individuals the entry fee is $185.00 +G.S.T. per person. If you have a full team of 18, the entry fee is $130 + G.S.T. per person. All captains row for free. Included in your entry fee are six (6) free on-water practice sessions (all equipment included) with an experienced coach.
Who can we contact for more information? Top
For questions or to receive more Information please call Dominic at (416) 835-1661 or e-mail email@example.com
How can I register? Top
You can register by clicking here or by contacting Dominic at (416) 835-1661 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Is there a registration deadline? Top
No, however, space is limited. We offer an early registration discount for those teams registered for earlier dates. Late registration will be accepted based on space availability and subject to an administration fee.
About The Viking Boats
What is a Viking boat? Top
Authentic Viking Boats used for our events measure 40 feet in length, 6 feet in width, and carry 14 rowers and one (1) coxie to steer the boat. On average, these boats weigh 800 pounds.
How safe is a Viking boat? Top
Very safe! Due to the size and design, Viking boats are very stable and near impossible to tip (the oars act as outriggers that prevent tipping). This makes them suitable for participants of all levels.
Where did Viking Boat Racing begin? Top
For over 300 years Church Boat racing has been an important part of the Nordic culture and a celebration of life. In Finland particularly, the use of “Kirkkovene” – as the Finnish call them - dates back centuries where they enabled citizens to perform day to day activities across the vast waterways of Finland. Today, the Sulkavan Suursoudut Regatta with its 11,000 participants, has become the largest rowing regatta in the world.
What are Viking boats made of? Top
Viking Boats are constructed of pine plywood. The arch is made of juniper or ash.
Where do the Viking Boats come from? Top
The Viking Boats used by Vikingboat Races & Festival were imported from Sulkavan Vene Oy (Manufacturer).
Why the Coxie? Top
Each team must have a Viking in the "Coxie" seat to command the crew. Coxies sit in the back of the boat (or stern) for practices and are their to call out the race plan/strategy for their Vikings.
Team Practice Inquiries
How many practices does each team get? Top
Where are practice sessions held? Top
Please see our Practice and Schedule information for further details. Extra practices are available for an additional cost and can be arranged by contacting our Coordinator at (416) 835-1661 or e-mail
Why practice? Top
Team practices are designed for all participants to become familiar with some of the skills involved with Viking Boat racing and make your team's experience more enjoyable. The goal of The Viking Boat Festival is for participants to have a good time with their teammates and to showcase the values and benefits that the sport of rowing can provide.
How long is each practice session? Top
Each practice session is 60 minutes long.
What time do I need to arrive for my practice session? Top
You should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your team's practice time.
All practice sessions take place at Bayside Rowing Club. Please see map for specifics.
How do we book a practice session? Top
Your team captain must book your team's training sessions by calling our Coordinator at (416) 835-1661 or e-mail email@example.com. Generally teams choose the same night each week for their practices; however, having different practice dates is also possible.
Where can I park? Top
There is lots of free parking at Bayside Rowing Club. See map.
Will food and refreshments be available on-site? Top
Food and refreshments will be available for purchase on-site during practice sessions.
What should I wear and bring? Top
Can we get extra practice sessions? Top
We can’t stress enough the importance of layers. You should wear clothing that does not constrict your movement. Sweat pants, sweat shirts, t-shirts, shorts, head gear and gloves are examples of suitable clothing. Bear in mind that practices take place in the evenings. It will be cool and/or windy so a nylon wind breaker (top and bottoms) is recommended. If it rains, you are likely to get a bit wet, so a towel and change of clothes are a good addition to your kit bag.
Are there changing facilities on-site? Top
There are both male and female changing facilities on-site. Please ask a coach or volunteer if you are having trouble locating these facilities once you are on site.
Do we need our own coach? Top
No, a qualified coach is supplied to each team by the Vikingboat Races & Festival organizers. Each coach has a rowing background and knowledge about the intricacies of training a Viking Boat team for fun and success.
What do we do once we have arrived at Bayside Rowing Club?
You should gather as a team, warm-up, and begin to perform stretching exercises while you await the arrival of your coach. It is suggested that one person lead the stretching exercises while the others follow his / her lead.
What safety precautions are in place? Top
During all practices and the Vikingboat Races & Festival, there will always be a safety boat on the water ensuring the safety of all boats and rowers.
What is the responsibility of our captain? Top
It is your captain's responsibility to ensure that practice times are booked, all team members are aware of the practice session times and dates, and to assemble the team at the beginning of practice. The captain should keep a log of previous practice specifics to update your coach; note health risks of crewmembers, preferred commands and start procedures to the coach.
How are crews usually set-up in the Viking boats? Top
The crew set up by the coaches usually is: In a crew that is equal in ability, lighter / smaller rowers are put in the front and back of the boat with the heaviest / bigger rowers being placed in the middle. The coxies are seated at the stern of the boat.
What are some of the terms and commands used by coaches and what do they mean? Top
"Bow" - front of the boat
"Stern" - back of the boat
"Gunwale (pronounced "Gunwale")" - side of the boat
"Are you Ready" – the rower reaching out with oars in of the water laying on the gunwale parallel with the water
"Row" - begin rowing
"Hold Water" – squaring the oars in the water to stop the forward motion of the Viking boat
"Timing" - the most important factor of the Viking boat is that the pull of each member occurs at the same time. Timing is the term used to describe the entry of the water in unison by the rowers.
Additional practices are available for an additional cost. Please call our Coordinator at (416) 461-6329 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Race Day Information
Where will everything take place? Top
To be announced.
What should I bring? Top
As a participant you should bring clothes for various conditions (warm weather, cold weather, and rain). You should have clothing that does not restrict your movement for racing. You may also want to bring a change of clothes, as you may get wet. This is especially important in cold weather. Also, don't forget to bring a hat, sunscreen, and extra sneakers/ sandals. Aside from clothing, you should bring energy and enthusiasm for a fun-filled day!
Will there be food and refreshments available on-site? Top
There is a small entry fee (traditionally $15). Food and refreshments are available and are included in your entry fee. There will be plenty of food and refreshments from on-site vendors during the Races for spectators and other spectators.
What kind of food will be available? Top
There will be plenty of food and refreshments courtesy of the Bayside Rowing Club.
When do we race? Top
The race schedule will be available approximately one week prior to the Festival.
How long is the racing distance? Top
There are two events to choose from: The Sprint Event and the Distance Event. The Sprint Event is 500m on Saturday and is geared towards power and speed. The Distance Event is 2500m on Sunday and is geared more towards endurance and fitness. You can choose to enter either or both.
When is our 2nd or 3rd race? Top
Your 2nd and 3rd race start times are contingent upon your team's first race time, and those of the other teams. Race start times for the 2nd races (semi-finals) will be made available immediately following the first race heats. Likewise race times for the 3rd races (finals) will be made available following the semi-final races. Each team is guaranteed 2 races with the possibility of a third race.
Can we have the same coach for all races/practices? Top
Unfortunately due to the logistics of having 100+ teams entered and 8 teams racing at one time we cannot guarantee teams the same coach for all races. We will ensure that all coaches are equally trained and follow the same routine for training and racing. For consistency we would ask the captains to keep a log of previous training, the procedures used and the commands preferred. This should be communicated to your coach prior to each race.
Where can my team "hang-out"? Can we bring a tent or shelter? Top
While many teams will be renting tents for the Races, there will be "teaming" areas allocated at the Racing grounds - those who have rented tents get the best vantage point. A teaming area is an area where teams can "set-up camp" for the day so to speak.
Teams are encouraged to form a team "hang-out" area by putting up a shelter in which they may place their belongings or be protected from the sun or rain.
Can we display our company banner? Top
Teams will be permitted to display commercial banners in the teaming areas (see above question for teaming area locations). In order to maximize the benefits of our Official Event Sponsors, the display of team banners is strictly limited to these teaming areas.
Where is the best view of the races? Top
The best view of the races can be obtained from the Grand Stands at the Finish Line.
What if the weather is poor? Top
The Festival (and practice sessions) will take place rain or shine. Please call the weather line at (416) 835-1661 for updates.
Are there prizes or awards? Top
Medals, trophies and prizes will be awarded to the top three teams. As well, there are a host of wonderful fundraising prizes.
Who does the Viking Boat Races & Corporate Challenge benefit? Top
All proceeds from the 6th Annual Vikingboat Races & Festival go to support Bayside Rowing Club’s inner-city kids program. One hundred percent of the pledges go to Toronto Boys and Girls Club to help send kids to Camp.
Do I have to raise money? Top
Pledging is optional. Each participant is encouraged to raise a minimum pledge amount of $50.
What do I get in return? Top
For raising the minimum amount of $50 you will receive an official Race souvenir. Visit our Prize Page ( Our Prize Page will be up soon ) for further details on this and other prizes available to individuals and teams that raise even more.
Can I pledge myself? Top
Yes, participants can make their own donations. However, please note that if you choose to request a tax receipt (only pledges over $20 are eligible) your personal donation cannot be counted toward a prize.
Who is eligible for a tax receipt? Top
Anyone who pledges $20 or more is eligible for a tax receipt (the tax receipt request box must be checked on the pledge form). Name and address must be legible.
When and where do I hand in my collected pledges? Top
You can hand in your collected pledges anytime prior to the Races, on the Festival day, June 12th and 13th, 2010, or after the Race (your pledges must be handed in prior to 4:00 pm on the day of the event in order to be eligible for prizes).
Where can I get a pledge sheet? Top
Your team captain will receive all pledge sheets upon your team's registration. Please contact your team captain for your pledge sheet.